Hi, my name is Evan. I live in Riverside, CA and I've been a caregiver for five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver after pretty much doing volunteer work at my mom's children's hospital. She was a director of nursing there, and I just figured that I enjoy this type of work. And it's something that makes me feel like I'm doing something. It's not just a day to day job where I feel like I'm not doing anything. I enjoy the work I do, but that's probably what made me want to become a caregiver, was volunteering at her hospital.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to any new caregiver would be, you have to have patience, a lot of patience. You can't do this type of work without it, and you can't be making your client or whoever you're working with, you can't make them feel uncomfortable, like you don't want to be taking care of them. You want them to feel as comfortable as possible. That's the whole point of the job, so yes, I would definitely tell any new caregiver to work on patience if they don't have it already. Patience is key in this type of field, and that's the number one thing I would tell any new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Curtis. He just had great personality. He always looked ahead with a positive attitude, no matter what I had planned for the day. He always just loved being out there with me, or if we had to stay in at the office, he just always loved whatever we were doing. He had that personality that would make you want to work with him. Curtis would definitely have to be the client I'd probably never forget, just because of that insane amount of positive attitude that he carried.